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Summer Meals Notification Requirement for All Schools

Published: 59 days ago
" Federal regulations require School Food Authorities (SFA) who participate in NSLP to notify families about the availability of summer meals even if the SFA does not serve meals.
February 1, 2023 - All Child Nutrition Directors (CNDs) will receive a shipment or shipments of materials in both English and Spanish that TDA is providing to assist CEs with achieving compliance for the federal School Nutrition Program requirement. Shipments will begin in March. The shipment(s) will include Summer Meals Program Posters (3 per school) and Summer Parent Information Cards (1 card for each student). The estimated arrival date will vary among districts. CEs operating SSO should provide notification as described in Administrator's Reference Manual (ARM), Section 11, Summer Meals.

Once the shipment(s) arrive, please open all boxes and distribute the materials to schools so they can be distributed to students before school is out for the summer break. It will be the CND's job to distribute the correct number of cards and posters to each campus.

TDA is providing the following materials as a service to SFAs and asks that CNDs take the steps necessary to ensure successful receipt and utilization district-wide before the summer break.

Summer Program Posters - Three Posters for Each School
- Purpose: Inform students and families about how to find summer meal sites.
- School Action: Display immediately upon receipt throughout the school campus.
- For Example: If a CE has 20 schools, the shipment will contain 60 posters.

Summer Parent Information Cards - One Card for Each Student
- Purpose: Provide take-home information about how to find summer meal sites.
School Action: Distribute to students immediately with instructions to deliver to parents.

For more information click here to read the Summer Requirement Handout at



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